New schools joining Hands recruitment

Jaylen Hands has new schools entering the picture in his recruitment. Here's the latest on the 2017 point guard.

One of the top point guards in the 2017 class comes from Chula Vista (Calif.) Mater Dei in Jaylen Hands.

The 6-foot-2, 160-pound floor general is a terrific athlete who can create his own shot or make others better.

Hands showed up at the USA Basketball Developmental Camp in Colorado Springs in Oct. 2014 and played well, but clearly showed progress at the recent USA Basketball 16u trials.

"I feel like I’m stronger as a ball handler, stronger physically, I make stronger decisions and I’m limiting my turnovers," Hands said of the differences in his game between the two USA events.

"I like coming out (to Colorado Springs) because I know there are players who are working just as hard or harder than me and they’re better in different areas than me. It helps me when I go home to work on my game."

Arizona, UCLA and San Diego State have long been the three schools primarily involved in Hands' recruitment - "Those three are still right there," he said - but there are others who are entering the picture.

"I'm keeping it open as of now," said Hands.

Scout's 19th rated 2017 prospect and 5th ranked point guard nationally mentioned California, Louisville and Stanford as the latest schools to become serious players in his recruitment and broke down what he likes about them.

California: "They obviously had the two big recruits (Jaylen Brown, Ivan Rabb) and it’s in California. I love the coaching staff; they let their guards go. I think it’s a really good situation."

Louisville: "It’s Louisville. It’s away from home but that’s okay with me. I’m looking forward to developing a good relationship with them. It’s a prestigious program."

Stanford: "It’s a really smart school; I feel like if you go there you’re set for life. I love the coaches and the basketball."

Hands says that he would like to take some more visits before making a decision.

"I’ve talked to the coaches at Stanford, UCLA, SDSU and Arizona about seeing them," he said.

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